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2003 BMW 540

2003 BMW 540
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The 5-Series is BMW's mid range line up of performance sedans and sport wagons. It has six models altogether but three are particularly powerful V8 models, really a cut above the rest. That's not to say that the entire line is skimpy in any way. This may not be top-of-the line for BMW but it is certainly a luxury car series. Make no mistake that the entire 5-Series offers high levels of comfort and convenience features, good quality content and materials, excellent power profiles and first-rate performance and handling technology.

Available Models
The three V8 5-Series cars are the 2003 BMW 540i Sedan, the 2003 BMW 540i Sport Wagon and the 2003 BMW 540i 6-speed, a performance sport sedan with some of the highest production and performance values in the BMW stable.

Interior Features
The interiors of the 5-Series cars are pretty luxurious. Standards include dual-zone automatic climate control, vinyl upholstery on 10-way power front bucket and rear split-fold bench seats, heated power mirrors, wood trim, rain-sensing wipers, an automatic day/night rearview mirror or optional seat upgraded seats.

The 2003 BMW 540i 6-speed, as the top, has a slightly higher standard trim level than the other two with only a few feature not included. Heated seats, a Park Distance sensor and the 12-speaker stereo upgrade are not included.

Several well-designed and comprehensive packages can be chosen as well. The Sport or Premium Packages can offer upgraded luxury content and materials, or performance enhancements to the form and function of the car.

Exterior Features
The distinctive BMW 4-headlight aerodynamic nose featuring halogen ellipsoid lights, car-speed sensitive front and rear (wagon) wiper/washer and defog make for superior visibility from any of these models. Halogen fog lights, heated windshield washer jets, heated side mirrors and metallic paint are all standards also. Rain-sensing wipers and Xenon headlights are also included at this level. Luxury add-ons like the liquid high-pressure headlight cleaning system are extra.

All three of BMW's 540i performance vehicles, whether you choose the sedan, the sport wagon or the 2003 BMW 540i 6-speed, are equipped with the same 4.4-liter V8 engine. This makes for one high-powered family car. However, it is absolutely confident and assured on highways and long journeys partly because of the ample power. This engine pumps out 290 hp at 5400 rpm and 324 lb-ft of torque at 3600. It comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission with optional manual shift capability.

The six-speed manual is available for those interested in a more exciting responsive and challenging skin-of-your-teeth driving experience. It maximizes acceleration and lends a purer driving feel to the experience but mileage suffers slightly. This powertrain configuration achieves 15/23 mpg (city/hwy). The regular AT set-up manages slightly better 18/24 mpg.

Safety and Security
Active safety includes traction control, an antiskid system, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes and more. Front and side airbags, curtain side and torso side airbags also enhance 5-Series safety.

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Fast Stats


MSRP from
4.4L V8
290 @ 5400
5-speed auto
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
540i sedan: 18/24
6-speed: 15 / 23

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